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P.K. Subban has a wicked slap shot.
Choosing the best attribute in P.K. Subban's game is no easy task. After all, you don't win the award for being the best defenseman in the NHL because you're only good at one thing.
Subban has always been a great skater with excellent puck control. There aren't many players in the game better at taking the puck behind their own net and leading the rush into the offensive zone.
He has also improved his defensive game, to the point where he has earned coach Michel Therrien's complete trust as a top-pair, shut-down defenseman.
His physical game has always been exciting, but the 24-year-old has learned when and when not to throw a big hit as he has matured into a Norris Trophy-winning defenseman.
But when it comes to singling out P.K.'s best attribute, the conversation has to shift to his slap shot.
P.K. Subban has a cannon of a shot. A laser beam. A howitzer. The list of adjectives could go on. It may not be the hardest shot in the NHL, but what it lacks in speed is made up for in accuracy.
Subban uses his slap shot from the point better than any other defenseman in the NHL. Of his 13 goals scored last season (including playoffs), 10 came from slap shots from the blue line or slot area, as noted by Andrew Berkshire of Habs Eyes on the Prize. Seven of these came with the man advantage, as he became the focal point of the Habs' power play in the second half of the season.
Subban's slap shot was a top factor in why the Habs scored the second-most power play goals in 2013. Look for the Canadiens, and possibly Team Canada, to continue to run plays for Subban to do what he does best next season.